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Four More WVU Football Players Test Positive for COVID-19

Cody Nespor

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West Virginia athletics has announced that four more football players have tested positive for COVID-19. The WVU football program has now announced six total positive COVID-19 cases.

WVU first reported a single positive case on the first day of voluntary workouts on June 15. The department announced a second positive case later that week on June 20. Both individuals entered into a period of self-isolation, according to a release. The department also identified any individuals that may have been exposed to the virus through contact tracing and they also entered into self-isolation periods.

On a call with reporters on June 24, WVU head coach Neal Brown said that the team was practicing strict precautionary measures and would continue to do so as long as necessary. On that call, Brown also said all of the individuals identified through contact tracing from the first positive case had been retested and all tested negative. The individuals potentially exposed to the second positive case were to be tested on June 26.

The department also announced that one student-athlete in the women’s soccer program has also tested positive.

The WVU men’s basketball team is postponing the start of its workouts after seven positive tests amongst athletes and staff.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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